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Read This Book May. 5th, 2004 07:50 pm
The Age of Consent

This book has been widely described as a "revolutionary manifesto", and that title is apt if initially disturbing. Monbiot advocates nothing less that a complete reworking of global trade and government, but incredibly he provides a coherent (if optimistic) method to achieve this.

However, perhaps the greatest utility of this book lies not in its primary aim of global revolution, but in providing clear and studied explanations of many of the more confused myths of both market fundamentalism and the amorphous "global justice" movement. It also does a creditable job of clearing the much maligned name of Maynard Keynes, as well as highlighting the fact that many solutions to today's global issues have already been proposed, decades ago.

This book will probably leave you, as it has left me, with a far more comprehensive understanding of globalisation issues, and confirmation of your suspicions that the world's corporations (and the governments that they have bought) really are the enemy.

I cannot recommend this book highly enough.

One key title mentioned in the book is Joseph Stiglitz' "Globalisation and its Discontents" - a book I've already highly recommended many times, and one that's well worth reading for an in-depth analysis of just how devastating the world's controlling financial agencies are to the whole world.

Further titles that spring to mind repeatedly in reading this book are Kim Stanley Robinson's Mars Trilogy - (starting with "Red Mars") which feature a global revolution (albeit not on this planet) and the battle to create a truly equitable world society. Karen tells me that "Speaker for the Dead" has some relevance to the first part of the book.

From: valkyriekaren
Date: May 6th, 2004 - 06:38 am (Link)
Karen tells me that "Speaker for the Dead" has some relevance to the first part of the book.

Mostly to the bit about how we treat people who are other (i.e. outside our family/tribe/nation).